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Report: Demand for hops has peaked

Production of hops has grown dramatically in the United States since 2012, and no more acreage is needed to meet the demand for the plant that flavors beer. That’s according to a new report from the Yakima, Washington-based trade group ...

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Higher menu prices help Chipotle key sales figure

Chipotle, which has been struggling to turn its business around after a series of food safety scares, said a key sales figure rose in the fourth quarter as it raised menu prices and paid less for avocados. The burrito chain ...

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New bill would regulate electric bikes in Idaho

Idaho would join 27 other states to define and regulate electric bicycles under a newly introduced bill. Rep. Phylis King, a Democrat from Boise, said Feb. 6 her legislation would create three categories of e-bikes. If approved, cities and counties ...

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House passes $200M tax cut plan after exchanging fireworks

A sweeping $200 million tax cut plan is headed to the Idaho Senate after House lawmakers spent several hours Feb. 7 exchanging accusations and heated remarks while debating the merits of the proposal. “This bill tries to make Idaho more ...

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Grocery broker Impact expands into Michigan (access required)

With the goal of expanding its grocery brokering business across the country, Impact Group has acquired Mingerink & Associates for an undisclosed price. Acquisition is a strategy the company has been using since April 2016, when it entered into a ...

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Trump administration open to moving public land bosses west

From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Bureau of Land Management oversees some of the nation’s most prized natural resources: vast expanses of public lands rich in oil, gas, coal, grazing for livestock, habitat for wildlife, hunting ranges, fishing ...

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New bill would change Idaho agency appointments

An Idaho House panel has introduced a proposal requiring the heads of three state agencies to serve at the pleasure of the governor rather than their respective boards of directors. Currently, the directors for the Idaho Department of Correction, Department ...

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Analysts: US economy fundamentally strong despite stock market plunge

A wave of fear about inflation and higher interest rates has sent stock prices tumbling and raised concerns about corporate profits. On Feb. 5, a plunge of over 1,100 points in the Dow Jones industrial average capped two days of ...

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